Forest Walks and more

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Join us and discover more of Epping Forest

A varied programme of walks throughout the Forest is organised by Epping Forest Heritage Trust. Led by knowledgeable Forest enthusiasts, these walks provide an opportunity to find out more about the Forest. Some are a gentle stroll, while others are taken at a faster pace. The walks are free, but donations to support the work of the Trust are welcome.

Please come suitably dressed for walking in the Forest, which can be wet and muddy. For help in getting to the meeting points, please contact 020 8508 9061 (during office hours) or email .

Walks and activities are free, but donations to support us are welcome.

Sound installation "Echoes" by artist, Ellie Wilson

Thursday 16 January to Sunday 1 March 2010 

Simply pop along to the Epping Forest Visitor Centre during opening hours (Thurs day to Sunday 10am – 3pm) and pick up some headphones to enjoy a different perspective on the ancient Forest around you.

Violinist composer, Ellie was supported as an Artist-in-Residence by the City of London and her composition “Echoes” unearths storis of the Forest inspiring a set of new music compositions exploring the human impact on the Forest, through the centuries; including Iron Age hillforts, WWII bomb craters, Thomas Willingale and more.  For further information, visit her website:

Meet: Epping Forest Visitor Centre, Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AE

The Changing Face of Snaresbrook

Sunday 16 February 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join local historian Lynn Haseldine-Jones for a walk in the now less rural parts of Woodford, learning a little of the families who shaped this area and why the Forest is as it is today.

Meet: At the Forest Car Park on the south side of Snaresbrook Road, London E18 (not far from Eagle Pond) IG10 4HH.  Grid Ref: TQ395 890

Discovering Knighton Woods

Saturday 28 March  10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Come and join Ron and Pat Andrews for a walk exploring Knighton Woods and Lords Bushes in Buckhurst Hill. Now an isolated fragment of the Forest, it has a fascinating history and an interesting variety of trees and ponds.

Meet: At the Forest Car Park, Knighton Woods, Knighton Lane, Buckhurst Hill IG9 5HQ. Grid Ref: TQ407 936. Accessible by foot from Buckhurst Hill underground station on the Central Line.

Flowers and Insects in Wanstead Park

Sunday 17 May  10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Led by naturalist Tricia Moxey, a journey to discover some of the fascinating wildlife found in Wanstead Park in springtime.

Meet: At the Tea Hut near the entrance to the Park from Northumberland Avenue, Wanstead, E12 5EZ.  Grid Ref: TQ415 870.  

There is some parking in Northumberland Road adjacent to the Park

Woods, Wildflowers and Wide Skies

Saturday 20 June 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Midsummer eve)

Join us on a ramble in the western fringes of Epping Forest, taking advantage of the long summer evening to enjoy its variety and unique setting. Led by Sue McKinley.

Meet: At the junction of Hornbeam Lane, Bury Road and Woodman Lane, Sewardstonebury. Grid Ref TQ393958. Accessible by foot from Chingford Station.

Northern Frontier

Sunday 16 August 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

A walk with Mike Rumble through undulating ancient parkland, past Copped Hall and back to the Forest ridge.

Meet: Bell Common, Epping, opposite the Forest Gate Pub, Grid Ref. Please do not park in the Pub car park. Parking is available at the nearby Forest car park along Theydon Road and street parking along Bell Common Road. Grid Ref TL 450 011.

Early Autumn in Lord's Bushes

Sunday 11 October 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join naturalist Tricia Moxey on this leisurely stroll through the wonderful ancient oaks and hornbeams to observe some of the fruits and amazing fungi which appear at this time of the year.

Meet: Forest car park, Knighton Woods, Knighton Lane, Buckhurst Hill IG9 5HQ.  Grid Ref TQ408935 Parking is limited so please park considerately in adjacent roads or use the local bus service.  Accessible by foot from Buckhurst Hill underground station on the Central Line.

Discovering the Forest north of High Beach

Sunday 22 November 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

A longer walk with Neil Glucksmann-Smith to explore Great Monk Wood, St Thomas’ Quarters and more. Please bring some snacks with you and walking poles if you like. End time shown is the maximum time, we are likely to finish a little earlier.

Meet: Epping Forest Visitor Centre, Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AF. Grid Ref: TQ413982

The Lost Roads

Sunday 19 April  10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Verderer Michael Chapman to explore the lost roads of the northern parishes of the Forest.  enjoy good views of the City in one direction and the Hertfordshire ridge in the other.

Meet: Gooseberry Hall, Epping Green.  Access via Carters lane, from Epping Upland CofE Primary School and the follow Open Garden Signs.

Grid Ref: TL 435 502

A Tribute to Cyril Arthur Pearson and his "Fresh Air Fund"

Sunday 7 June 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

From 1894 the “Ragged School Union” brought the poorest children form the East End to Loughton to enjoy a day in the fresh air.  Georgina Green will lead us in their footsteps, to the site of the “Shaftesbury Retreat” and on to Debden Slade.

Meet: At the car park at the junction of Smart’s Lane and the High Road, Loughton.  Accessible by foot from Loughton underground station on the Central Line, just as the children did 100 years ago.

Explore Highams Park Lane & the surrounding woodlands

Sunday 19 July 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Gordon Turpin from the Highams Park Snedders on a walk through the woods and learn about the history of the area back to the Domesday Book.

Meet: In front of Humphry’s Cafe, in The Highams Park, IG8 9RF (adjacent to Highams Park Lake). There is no car park, but you can park in nearby Charter Road as there are no parking restrictions.  Accessible by foot from Highams Park Station.  Grid Ref TQ394919 for start

Epping Forest Celebration Walk (The "Big" Walk)

Sunday 20 September 9:00 am – 4.30/5 pm

Discover more about Epping Forest by walking the entire length in the day or take part in one of the local sections of the long walk from south to north. Celebrate how lucky we are to have Epping Forest! Organised by the Epping Forest Heritage Trust, the West Essex Ramblers and the Conservators of Epping Forest.  Return for updated details soon.


Western Views

Sunday 25 October 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Join Mike Smith for an interesting and slightly longer walk (circa 6 miles) taking in views of reservoirs and North London.  We will use side paths first to Pole Hill and keeping high through to Barn Hill and back via the Forest and hopefully see some autumn colour.

Meet:  Bury Road Car Park, Chingford E4 7AZ Grid Ref TQ394949.  Accessible by foot from Chingford Station

Winter Wonderland

Sunday 13 December 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Come and enjoy the beechwoods of the Forest for a pre-Christmas celebratory walk led by naturalist Judy Adams. We hope to have a view of some deer. Suitable for families. Mince pies and mulled wine available at the end.

Meet:Broadstrood Car Park, Goldings Hill, Loughton Grid Ref: TQ428985

Upcoming programme

We’re working on detailed pages, with maps, etc, so check back soon.

Meanwhile, visit us at the Epping Forest Visitor Centre at High Beach, Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AF, Grid-Ref: TQ412981

About our walks

We have organised walks in the Forest for nearly 50 years. Our Celebration walk  began in 1978. Download one of the earlier publications about the walk, by clicking here.